Elder Abuse Law Attorneys Orange County

While no one known exactly how many of our elderly loved ones are the victims of elder abuse, the estimates are staggering. According to studies, it is believed that between 1 and 2 million Americans age 65 or older have been injured, exploited, or otherwise mistreated by someone on whom they depended for care or protection. At The Dennis Law Group, we find this unacceptable.

Elder abuse can take many forms, including nursing home abuse, caregiver and home health care abuse, residential care abuse, and more. Elder abuse is a term referring to any knowing, intentional, or negligent act by a caregiver or any other person that causes harm or a serious risk of harm to a vulnerable adult. This type of abuse can be physical, emotional, sexual, and financial.

Warning Signs of Elder Abuse

Often, your elderly loved one does not have the ability or is too frightened or embarrassed to share that they have been the victim of abuse. Therefore, it is important for you to be able to recognize the warning signs of elder abuse, which can include:

  • Bruises, pressure marks, broken bones, abrasions, and burns.
  • Unexplained withdrawal from normal activities, a sudden change in alertness, and unusual depression.
  • Bruises around the breasts or genital.
  • Sudden changes in financial situations.
  • Bedsores, unattended medical needs, poor hygiene, and unusual weight loss.
  • Behavior such as belittling, threats, and other uses of power and control by spouses.
  • Strained or tense relationships, frequent arguments between the caregiver and elderly person.

Bringing a Claim for Elder Abuse

Abuse of the elderly, whether it be physical, sexual emotional, or financial, is a shameful act, particularly when the abuse is done by professionals who have been paid to care for your family member and who hold themselves up as guardians of your loved one’s life. If you believe that a senior citizen in your life is the victim of elder abuse, do not hesitate to bring a legal claim. By bringing a legal action, you may be able to not only stop the abuse directed at your loved one, but prevent future abuse against other victims down the road.

Financial compensation is available for victims of elder abuse. You or your loved one not only deserve to be compensated for related pain and suffering and the loss of enjoyment of life, but, most importantly, your loved one deserves to be free from abuse. If you file a claim for elder abuse before the statute of limitations prevents you from doing so, you may be able to recover financially for your family member’s injuries or for the unnecessary and wrongful death of your loved one.

This list is not exhaustive. If you believe that your loved one may be suffering from elder abuse in silence, reach out to experienced elder abuse attorneys to discuss your legal rights.

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If you or a loved one is a victim of nursing home or elder abuse, contact us for a free consultation. Again, there is a time limit regarding how long you can wait to file a claim for elder abuse. Don’t allow your elderly loved one’s abuser get away with their atrocious actions because you waited too long. Over time, memories fade and evidence may be lost or destroyed, making it more difficult to pursue a case if time is wasted. Contact our knowledgeable elder law attorneys today for a complimentary consultation about your case

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